April 2013

Animal Medical Hospital Turns 55

Animal Medical Hospital

At Animal Medical Hospital (1525 Hwy 99 N), they're celebrating their 55th year in business. Dr. Leo Van Dijk opened the hospital in 1958 in downtown Ashland and moved to its present location on Highway 99 in 1966.
When Leo retired in 1988, he sold the business to Scott Knox, D.V.M. Joining the staff in 1992 was Dr. LeAnn Ahlbrecht, while Dr. Tiffany Graeber came to the practice in 2001. In 2002 they opened a brand new facility in the same location.
"I grew up just north of Eugene in a small farming community with a close family friend who was the James Herriot of the Valley, caring for all types of creatures day and night," Scott said. "Due to his influence and my love of animals, I ultimately graduated from C.S.U. Veterinary Medical School in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1985."
Scott moved to Ashland in 1986 from Central Oregon. "Ashland is a wonderful town with a wealth of culture and a broad spectrum of outdoor activities," Scott said. "Professionally, Animal Medical Hospital attracted me with its great variety of challenging veterinary cases with wonderfully dedicated pet owners who view their pets as part of their families."
At AMH they provide a complete range of veterinary services, from preventative care and treating medical ailments such as diabetes or cancer, to performing any number of complex surgical cases such as repairing a torn cruciate ligament in a pooch's knee.
"We are a full service hospital with X-ray, ultrasound and laboratory capabilities," Scott said. "We additionally offer dog and cat boarding for healthy pets and for those with health care needs. Dr. Albrecht is currently training in Veterinary Chiropractic Medicine to add another dimension of care for our patients. Between the three doctors, we provide a total of 66 years of veterinary experience and training."
The "staff" also includes two kitties, each with their own unique personalities, a border collie, a Jack Russell terrier cross, and one 12-week-old Chesapeake Retriever who "thinks that everything in this world goes in his mouth."
"We believe that pets are a very important part of the family and that our job is to help our clients receive the care they want for their companions," Scott said. "Our patients cannot speak, so we listen carefully to the owners' opinions and observations of their pets."
The phone number at Animal Medical Hospital is 541-482-2786, or visit the website at animalmedicalashland.com.

ProBuildersList.com Wants to Help You Get That Job Done Correctly

Professional StandardsBob Haxton, regional director of ProBuildersList.com announced earlier this year that his parent association, the Professional Homebuilders & Remodelers Association, located their Region-2 office in Ashland.
Bob, a homebuilder in Jackson County for 20 years, is an expert concerning the duties and responsibilities that homeowners and homebuilders have to each other.
"ProBuildersList.com allows homeowners to find local builders who are committed to the book of professional standards the company wrote that is changing the industry," Bob said. "Issues always arise in every trade when fitting construction into a home while a family lives there. They can read reviews by former customers and see the builder's full profile online. And we are ready to assist when a problem arises."
The enthusiasm for ProBuildersList.com comes from their solutions to the frustrations between homebuilders and homeowners.
"Most people don't realize that over 50% of home projects, large and small, encounter significant difficulties for which there are no written guidelines to help resolve them," Bob said. "Instead, we have effectively relied upon the variable notions of builders who invoke 'the normal way work is done' rather than real professional standards."
According to Bob, homeowners are relieved that the builder's explanation is no longer the sole definition of proper conduct.
"Our standards equalize the authority between homeowner and builder since either party can quickly figure out what the experts say," Bob said. "We have dramatically reduced the problems caused by uncertainties and have answered with expert wisdom and experience."
For more information, the phone number is 888-242-5254.

Two Renowned Authors to Visit in April

Southern Oregon residents will be treated to visits by two outstanding authors this month. On April 8, the Southern Oregon University Student Event Planning Involvement Committee is hosting a visit by Gretchen Rubin, "one of the most thought-provoking and influential writers on happiness."
Rubin's books, Happier at Home and The Happiness Project, were both instant New York Times bestsellers. The latter, in which she writes about her adventures as she test-drives the studies and theories about how to be happier, has spent two years on the bestseller list.
In Happier at Home, Rubin embarked on a project to explore how to make the home a happier place. She dedicated an entire school year, September through May, to concentrating on the factors that matter most for home, such as possessions, marriage, time, parenthood, body, and neighborhood. The book's title was inspired by a line from Samuel Johnson: "To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition."
The response to Rubin's writing on happiness has been overwhelming. The Happiness Project is more than books and a blog (www.happiness-project.com), it's a movement. Rights to "The Happiness Project" have been sold for more than 35 territories.
The fun—and happiness—begin on April 8 at 7pm in the SOU Music Recital Hall. The event is free to the public, and for more information, call 541-552-6461.
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Meanwhile, Ashland High School students and representatives of Chautauqua Poets and Writers group will bring acclaimed novelist Francine Prose to the Mountain Avenue Theatre at 7:30pm on April 19. The event will include a discussion of Prose's works and views directly with the author.
Prose's works include the National Book Award finalist Blue Angel, New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, and the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, A Changed Man. She is known for writing with remarkable direction and clarity on the biggest social issues of our time.
In addition, she currently teaches at Bard College and has won praise for her journalism work at the New York Times and other renowned publications.
Tickets are available at Bloomsbury Books and Bookwagon or by going to chautauquawriters.org.


  • A "Digital Environmental Portrait Workshop," with professional photographer Jared Cruce, will be held in Ashland May 18-19. Jared's work has been featured in numerous magazines, including National Geographic Adventure, Portland Monthly, Trail Runner, 1859, and Aperture. To register for this workshop go to jaredcruce.com/workshop. For any questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • El Paraiso Mexican Cuisine, located at 545 Clover Lane on the other side of Exit 14, will he hosting its "2nd Anniversary Celebration" on Saturday, April 6. Owner Jesus "Jesse" Nuñez, Chino, and all the staff invite you to partake in free appetizers, free desserts, wine tasting, and a live mariachi band. All the fun begins at 4:00pm. Call 541-488-5877 for details.
  • Weisinger's Vineyard & Winery will be holding its "25th Annual Spring Warehouse Sale" on Saturday-Sunday, April 6-7. This is officially their biggest wine sale of the year, and you are invited to come out and tastes, buy and save. The Vineyard is located at 3150 Siskiyou Boulevard. Times for the sale are 11am-5pm both days. For more info, the phone number is 541-488-5989.
  • Earth Day is coming, and for the last four years, the Human Bean has been distributing reusable shopping bags to its customers. The Ashland drive-through coffeehouse is located on Highway 99 North, just across from Butler Ford. Human Bean plans to give away over 40,000 reusable shopping bags on Friday, April 19. There is a limit of one per customer and two per car, while supplies last.
  • Every year the Winchester Inn, located at 35 S. 2nd Street,closes down for the month of January to regroup and rejuvenate. This year was a little different. They completely remodled the restaurant and reopened in February as Alchemy Restaurant and Bar. When we talked with Michael and Laurie Gibbs, and their son Drew, on New Year's Day, they said a common misconception was that the Winchester Inn was only a Bed & Breakfast and that the restaurant was not open to the public. That is not the case. The Winchester Inn, now Alchemy Restaurant and bar, has always served outstanding dinners and Sunday brunches to the public, and their wine bar is a fun place to socialize and dine. For more info, the phone number is 541-488-1115.
  • New dance sessions with Miss Tina Clark for tiny tots to adults will run from May 2-June 13. The Creative Ballet class will be presented on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4, Ballet Levels I, II and III on Thursdays from 4-6, and Modern Ballet for teens/adults on Thursdays from 6-7:30. Class size is limited. Call 541-552-9115 to sign up, or go to dancewithmisstina.com.
  • The Medford Women's Clinic is now seeing patients in the former Lithia Women's Healthcare office in Ashland at 725 N. Main Street. Nicholas Mills, MD, Kimberly Larson, RN, and Elizabeth L. Pethtel, FNP, are there to serve you with complete gynecologic women's health care services. For more info, the phone number is 541-864-8900.
  • "Communicating in a Conflict," a workshop "for those committed to creating peaceful relations at home, at work, and in our community," will be presented by Anna Cassilly, M.A., on April 24, May 1 and May 8 from 6:15-9:00pm. For more information or to sign up, call 541-301-7993 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The website is growingpeace.net.
  • Be Cherished, an Aveda Salon & Retail Store for Women and Men located at 393 E. Main Street downtown, is hosting a special promotion in April. With Aveda's "Earth Month 2013," you can purchase a special candle for $12, with 100% of the money going to the Global Greengrants Fund's water-related projects. "One candle purchase can provide a year's supply of drinking water for a person living in Madagascar." For more info, the phone number is 541-482-4900.
  • Salon Isabella is hosting a "Girl's Nite Out" event on Tuesday, April 30, from 7-8:30pm. You can learn "new tools, tips and tricks to construct your hot spring look." There will be great prizes, gift bags, specials, food, libations, and fun in this "ineractive evening with your girlfriends." The cost is $10 to reserve, and the money goes toward your purchases. RSVP at 541-488-1987 or go to www.salonisabella.biz.